The MA in Visual Culture introduces students to the new and fast-growing intellectual field of visual culture, by examining the histories, theories and practices of cultural production and consumption of visual images/objects in the contemporary and modern world. Western and, increasingly, global culture is dominated by visual images – whether material or virtual – and by visual experience.
The course encourages connections across visual arts, architecture, film, cultural studies and critical theory, cultural geography, and history. It gives students the opportunity to concentrate on the modern period, post-1750, while offering the option to choose their modules from a range of disciplines in which visual culture is a key research focus.
Though this MA is offered by the Department of Art History, besides the core module, 'Critical Approaches to Art History and Visual Culture', it is also compulsory for you to take one module in the Institute of Film and Television Studies.
The Department of Art History incorporates the Nottingham Institute for Research in Visual Culture (NIRVC), which is a forum for research in art-historical and visual culture studies, drawing on a range of disciplines, within and beyond the University.
The University’s custombuilt Lakeside Arts Centre provides an excellent environment to support postgraduate studies in visual culture, with contemporary and historic art exhibitions at the Djanogly Art Gallery, and the DH Lawrence Pavilion – a newlybuilt drama, film, and performance space.
I chose the MA in Visual Culture at Nottingham for several reasons, namely for the reputation of the Department. Other reasons were the the continuing regeneration and development of Nottingham as a city and the flexible, interdisciplinary structure of the course itself.
I had studied at Nottingham several years previously, and decided to return for the MA course which offered more intellectual freedom than other courses I looked at, as well as everything I wanted to gain from a masters degree. Specifically, this masters offers an incredibly wide range of modules both within art history and across several academic departments, allowing the individual student to tailor the course to their specific interests.
Being interested in research unhindered by academic disciplines, this course suited me down to the ground, and gave me the freedom to undertake a dissertation that spanned various forms of intellectual thought. I enjoyed this course tremendously, and it is perfect for anyone interested in an MA that promotes individuality and independent research.
Aside from the practical reasons, Nottingham city’s constant regeneration makes it an exciting city to be a part of, both culturally and socially. There is something for everyone: the music scene is fantastic; the nightlife second to none; and some really inspiring art is starting to emerge here too. I would recommend Nottingham to anyone who is looking for an all-round experience, both academically and personally.
Honours degree at 2:1 or above (or its international equivalent) in art history or a related subject. IELTS 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)
Recipient: University of Nottingham
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